The greatest climate change battlefield in the US may not be Congress and the White House, but the nation's more than 17,000 elected school boards and the classrooms they run. Disputes over local curriculum make fewer headlines, but those decisions shape the generations that will be most affected by climate change—the citizens (and voters) who will have to respond to climate change. As the National Research Council explained in a framework for new, national science standards, "Though the magnitudes of humans’ impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are humans’ abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts. … [S]cience and engineering will be essential both to understanding the possible impacts of global climate change and to informing decisions about how to slow its rate and consequences—for humanity as well as for the rest of the planet."
The Governor will be kicking off her campaign for re-election tomorrow, and introducing her new candiher new candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Parkinson joins Democratic candidate for Attorney General Paul Morrison as major party switchers. Morrison has been the Republican District Attorney for Johnson County for many years. Parkinson is also from Johnson County, the wealthy base of powerful moderate Republicans in Kansas.
His full statement is below the fold.
An account of our earlier meeting is at Thoughts from Kansas.
This year, she's forgoing the Washington advice and the insider endorsements. She's taking her campaign to the streets, raising money from small donors and building her own organization right here. No more wishy-washy DC consultants, no more risk-averse, one-size-fits-all campaigning. She wants change, and that doesn't come by hiding your feelings. More below or at Thoughts from Kansas.
But this year may change things. Record crowds turned up at the annual meeting of the Party, and not just because Barack Obama was there to rally the troops. We've got a strong Governor running for re-election, a strong candidate who abandoned the Republican party to run for Attorney General, and Democrats are ready to turn Kansas blue.
Today's SurveyUSA poll gives me great hope. Even as the state with the 8th highest number of people who think the program is legal, that's only 38%, and moderate Kansans are evenly split over it. A quarter of Kansas are not clear on the program's legality, which means they are ready to listen to letters to the editor.
Read the extended entry for more on how to help.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controuls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to controul the governed; and in the next place oblige it to controul itself. A dependence on the people is no doubt the primary controul on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.
That was Federalist 51, published Feb. 6 1788. Exactly 218 years later, AG "Bind, Torture, Kill" Gonzales asked us to trust him, but gave us no reason to.
More below or at Thoughts from Kansas.
Publius argues that a filibuster probably wouldn't hurt anyone, because most people don't care about Alito. He doesn't mention this Pew poll from earlier this month, but the fact that 48% of the public had no opinion on his confirmation and that a mere 14% were paying close attention to his hearings is evidence enough that there isn't a lot of political cost involved in making a fuss over Alito.
The fact that Americans aren't paying attention means they don't know about these things. The fact that he justified a warrantless strip search of a 10 year old child should outrage people, but only if they know about it.
This is what we in the business call "revisionist history." An NSA intercept lead the CIA to a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. The CIA identified several people at the meeting, and followed several of them with varying competence. They failed to ask the NSA to run the names of people through its database, which would have given better names, and running the names through the State Department would have revealed the fact that at least two people had visas to come to the US.
The CIA failed to pass on its information to the FBI, so when one of those men stayed with an FBI informant in LA, no one had thought to ask the informant to keep his eyes peeled.
In attendance were: Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell of Cleveland; Medina Republican William Batchelder, who last fall resigned as a 9th District Court of Appeals judge to attempt a return to the state legislature; former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen, a lobbyist who is planning another run for Congress this year; state Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chesterland, a candidate for attorney general; and Sandra O'Brien, a candidate for state treasurer.The rally was also addressed by Ken Blackwell, currently the Secretary of State, who hopes to replace the scandal plagued Governor Taft.
The emphasis above is mine. The Republicans apparently plan to counter the Fighting Dems with the Lobbying Reps. Smart.
I'm told that the same phenomena can be seen throughout Africa, in China, even in Iran (as I've discussed at my blog before). These are areas which probably lead most people's sense of who our "enemies" are, but however much they resent American hegemony or disagree with our current leadership, America means something to them.
When you talk with people from Europe, here or there, you hear one story over and over. A person who had been anti-America, disliked the spread of Coke, McDonalds and Starbucks across the nation, railed against our arrogance had finally visited the States. He would travel, meet people, see the great cities and the stunning natural wonders. And that visit would give a glimpse, however skewed, of what America is and can be. That glimpse makes converts of many people.
Defending the program, Bush said in his address that it is used only to intercept the international communications of people inside the United States who have been determined to have "a clear link" to al- Qaida or related terrorist organizations.Of course, once upon a time, the President claimed that there was a clear link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, a link which the best intelligence shows did not exist.
A borrowed comic and more are below the fold, or at Thoughts from Kansas.
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